In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, Electrabel is pushing to extend nuclear power

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In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, Electrabel is pushing to extend nuclear power


Electrabel is asking Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes to quickly decide on the extension of nuclear power beyond 2025, report De Tijd and L’Echo on Thursday. “This is really not the time to talk about it,” she retorts curtly.



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The number one in energy in Belgium has long defended the extension of nuclear power, and sees in the coronavirus crisis enough to bolster its advocacy, the daily newspapers note.

The energy company Electrabel has sent a letter to Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes (MR), where she requests that the nuclear issue be resolved quickly, in particular with a view to keeping the two most recent reactors in operation, Doel 4 and Tihange 3, after 2025.

Deadline: end of this year

The law stipulates that the seven Belgian nuclear reactors must be shut down by 2025, but in the absence of replacement capacities, the country could run out of electricity. The government is studying a support mechanism for new gas-fired power plants, but it is not certain that it will be ready in time.

Electrabel’s management, along with Engie’s parent company president Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, is requesting a meeting with the Prime Minister as soon as the coronavirus crisis is under control. Electrabel is putting pressure on it and recalls its deadline: the end of this year. If this deadline is not respected, he considers that it would no longer be possible to make the investments necessary to extend the life of the plants in time.

‘Bad timing’

‘Bad timing’, replied Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes dryly, when asked about Bel-RTL. ‘And if they don’t understand English, I will tell them that this is really not the time to talk about this, especially since I understand that decisions must be made before the end of the year. ”

‘Balancing this in the middle of the coronavirus crisis, I think there was more suitable as an approach to do,’ lamented the head of government again.

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